Jennifer Geoghegan, M.D., balances motherhood and a growing medical practice
Jennifer Geoghegan, M.D., balances motherhood and a growing medical practice.
By Michelle Talsma Everson
Geoghegan knows a thing or two about the balancing act it takes to be a working mom. A board certified plastic surgeon, Geoghegan is the owner of Oasis Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, where she offers cosmetic services alongside both plastic and reconstructive surgery options. At Oasis Plastic Surgery, a variety of procedures and services are offered for breasts, face, body, and skin.
“Oasis Plastic Surgery is a single-physician practice and we specialize a lot in breast, body, and helping people look their best after weight loss, for example,” Geoghegan explains. “We offer a lot of services but I am doing a lot with breast reconstruction lately; for example, reconstruction when a woman has breast cancer or those who opt for a breast reduction or augmentation.”
While she is the solo physician on staff, Oasis Plastic Surgery also has two estheticians that offer skin and beauty treatments, and a small office staff.
“We’re a smaller boutique practice, which is an advantage, because it’s very personal and my patients know that that I’m available for them anytime,” she says. “Also, as a woman—and a mom now—I feel like I can better understand some of the issues my patients have because I’ve been there, too.”
One specialty that Geoghegan is known for are her practice’s “mommy makeovers.”
“Mommy makeovers are completely customizable; it totally depends on what procedures help a woman feel like herself again,” she explains. For example, one mom may want a tummy tuck after having children; another a breast lift. Some patients receive a combination of services; they can be as extensive or as simple as needed.
“Before any mommy makeover—or any procedure for that matter—we talk about what the patient is looking to address and go for the most natural look,” Geoghegan notes.
When asked if she’d ever have a mommy makeover procedure, Geoghegan explains that her main hesitation is recovery time.
“I don’t know if I’d have a mommy makeover done anytime soon because I don’t know if I have the downtime,” she says. “I most often tell people they need at least three weeks to recover, if not more, and if I have that kind of time I’m going on a real vacation!”
With a doctorate of medicine from the University of Arizona and a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Geoghegan started Oasis Plastic Surgery in 2008 when she and her husband moved back home to the Valley from Texas. In addition to her own practice, she’s worked as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Grossman Burn Center, among others. She also worked as a registered nurse before earning her full physician and plastic surgeon credentials.
“I love variety and plastic surgery is just that,” she says about her decision to become a plastic surgeon.
She adds that, while many may view plastic surgery as solely cosmetic, the reconstructive side is amazingly rewarding because you can correct abnormalities and work on everything from “faces, breasts, hands, abdomen, and extremities.”
She loves the cosmetic side too. “I love helping people to keep looking as young as they feel,” Geoghegan says.
“While Oasis Plastic Surgery has been open since 2008, I’d love to see it continue to expand and grow our mommy makeover offerings as well,” she says.
Her secret to success as a mom, surgeon, and business owner? She says that every successful working mom often has a village behind her.
“My husband often travels a lot for work but we’re very lucky to have both sides of our family in town to help with the twins,” she says. “We also have a wonderful nanny, but if she’s not available, the grandparents are happy to step in when we need them.”
To learn more about Dr. Geoghegan and Oasis Plastic Surgery, visit oasisplastics.com.
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